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How To Use Ice To Relieve Back Pain

By Christa Tomas

Acute back pain – often caused by injury or trauma – results in swelling. The swelling is what causes the pain. Using ice is one of the most effective relief methods for acute pain. Ice is a natural anti-swelling remedy. Athletes are known to use ice to reduce swelling caused by injuries, simply because it works fast and very well.

To ice your back properly, you will need the right product – an ice pack designed specifically for the area of your back that needs icing, such as your neck, shoulders, or lower back. The reason you need this is that the ice pack needs to fit properly and not slip. If it slips, the amount of relief you’re going to get from it will be significantly reduced. You can find an ice pack for your back online as well as in many drugstores.

You want to ice your back after you are mostly done with movement for the day. The ice will reduce swelling and pain, but it is not a relaxant, like heat is. In other words, it’s not going to stretch out and relax your muscles, so you could actually put yourself at risk for further injury if you ice before exercising again. Wait until you are done.

Place an ice pack, with a towel between the ice and your skin, directly on the area of pain and leave it there for 15 minutes. There is no need to ice for longer than that in a single setting. Ice, and then let your muscles and skin return back to normal temperature. If you still feel a lot of acute pain or swelling, ice again. Just be sure to take a break in between.

Using ice is a great natural back pain relief remedy, and it’s more effective than over the counter anti-swelling drugs like ibuprofen and naproxen sodium. Not only that, it’s better for your body. It can turn out to be a very therapeutic exercise that you want to repeat daily.

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